Grammy-winning R&B crooner Ne-Yo is working on a couple of projects, including a new solo album and a collaborative LP with rapper Fabolous.
The singer/songwriter’s fourth album, Libra Scale, was only released last November, but during NBA All-Star Weekend he told MTV News that since some fans may not have gravitated to the project like his past work, he’s already back on the grind.
“I’m actually working on a new album as we speak,” Ne-Yo revealed. “Libra Scale was a project, it was an experiment. The people that got it, got it. The people that didn’t, it’s all good. I got a little cool for the room, I understand that. But this next album is more about just listening to the music, vibing out, determine your own adventure, back to what it is I normally do. Be looking for that around September.”
Ne-Yo’s standards are high, considering Libra Scale debuted at #9 on the Billboard albums chart and got favorable reviews in the press. The singer performed a medley of songs from the LP at the 2010 American Music Awards. But the album didn’t match the commercial success of its predecessor, Year of the Gentleman, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in 2008, selling about 250,000 copies its first week in stores.
Ne-Yo’s upcoming project is still untitled, as is a planned joint project with Brooklyn rapper Fabolous. The Def Jam labelmates have worked together before, with Ne-Yo lending his vocals to Fabolous’ 2007 hit single “Make Me Better,” both artists appearing on Jamie Foxx’s “She Got Her Own” the following year and Fab giving a verse to Ne-Yo’s “Crazy Love,” from Libra.
“We have been talking about getting in, trying to do kind of a Best of Both Worlds-type vibe situation,” Ne-Yo said, referring to 2002’s joint album from Jay-Z and R. Kelly. “It’s just something about his voice and my voice that makes sense together. We been kicking ideas around and I can’t say exactly when to look for it, but definitely look for it. Keep your eyes peeled, we’ll be out there.”
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